1. 'Kurt Cobain Day' Set for Feb. 20 in Singer's Hometown

    January 23, 2014 8:39 PM EST Not to be outdone by nearby Hoquiam, Wash., which announced an official "Nirvana Day" for this upcoming April, Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash., will celebrate "Kurt Cobain Day" this Feb. 20. According to Rolling Stone , the Aberdeen city council and Mayor…

  2. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition

    January 21, 2014 3:05 PM EST Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" - which was originally released this past July has definitely made an impact with traditionally minded country music fans, as the set made many "Best of" lists for 2013. One group of people that definitely took notice of…

  3. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  4. Ashlee Simpson Engaged To Actor Evan Ross

    January 14, 2014 11:04 AM EST Ashlee Simpson is tying the knot with actor Evan Ross, whom the pop singer has been dating since last July. Both Simpson and Ross shared the good news on Twitter on Monday night (Jan. 13). "My baby love and I are ENGAGED!!! Hallelujah Hawaii !!!!!" Simpson wrote , attaching a glossy…

  5. Fela! Band Bringing Afrobeat to Sundance (Exclusive)

    January 13, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Fela! band will give three performances at the Sundance Film festival to celebrate Alex Gibney's documentary "Finding Fela." The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical "Fela!," will perform at the film's premiere…

  6. Shakira, Rihanna Team Up On 'Can't Remember To Forget You': Listen

    January 13, 2014 10:47 AM EST Shakira's new album receives March release date. Shakira and Rihanna's long-anticipated duet has at last arrived: "Can't Remember To Forget You," the enjoyably grandiose lead single from Shakira's forthcoming studio album, premiered Monday (Jan. 13)…

  7. Charlie Wilson to Hit Studio, May Record Own Version of Kanye West's 'Bound 2'

    January 09, 2014 11:31 AM EST "I'm really excited about working with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake again and then, of course, Kanye," the R&B legend says Charlie Wilson plans to hit the studio again this month, and the R&B veteran and former Gap Band member has big plans for his follow-up to 2013&…

  8. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  9. What Tessanne Chin's 'Voice' Win Means for the Jamaican Music Scene

    January 03, 2014 4:15 PM EST Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin's stratospheric ascent from relative obscurity, even in her birthplace, to international fame via her Dec. 17 triumph on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is undoubtedly the island's biggest music story of 2013. Displaying…

  10. Plug In Stereo, 'A Little Peace': Exclusive EP Premiere

    January 03, 2014 1:28 PM EST Check out the budding pop singer's new six-track collection, launching at Billboard.com. Trevor Dahl, the Atlantic Records singer-songwriter known as Plug In Stereo, is kicking off the new year with the six-song "A Little Peace" EP, featuring the charming single "To Be…

  11. Foster The People Announces 2014 Return In New Teaser Clip: Watch

    January 02, 2014 11:40 AM EST Foster The People was mostly absent from the music scene in 2013 after releasing its debut album, "Torches," in 2011, and subsequently touring in 2012 while making a pitstop at the Grammys to perform with Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys. This year will not be as quiet for Mark Foster…

  12. No. 14 Hits for '14: David Bowie, Drake, the Doors & More

    January 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST As 2014 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 14 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling four spots shy of the top 10, these No. 14 hits remain among the most memorable songs of the past five-plus decades. Happy New Year!   " Surfin' Safari,…

  13. Restless Heart Celebrates First 'Christmas,' Preps New Studio Album for 2014

    December 17, 2013 6:30 PM EST Restless Heart have been celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and the veteran group recently crossed off an item on their career bucket list, by releasing their first-ever Christmas album, "A Restless Heart Christmas."  "It's been a long time coming," lead…

  14. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  15. Tegan and Sara On Future Music: 'We Have More To Explore With The Pop Genre'

    December 16, 2013 11:26 AM EST Earlier this year, Tegan and Sara brilliantly transitioned away from guitar-driven indie rock and toward synth-based mainstream pop with "Heartthrob," the sister duo's seventh studio album. Led by the single "Closer," "Heartthrob" has sold 165,000 copies…

  16. Angel Haze: Inside The Making of Her Debut Album, 'Dirty Gold'

    December 09, 2013 3:07 PM EST Rap's next rock star? A first look at Angel Haze's expansive, genre-bending Republic debut. "Just so you know, I want to be a rock star." That was one of the first things Angel Haze said to Nicola Carson, an alum of Modest! Management (Leona Lewis, One Direction) who was…

  17. Katy Perry Rides In On A 'Dark Horse,' Her Aptly Titled, Unexpected Hit

    December 09, 2013 11:35 AM EST As proper 'PRISM' single 'Unconditionally' scales Pop Songs, the non-promoted 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, debuts on the chart Katy Perry's song "Dark Horse" is living up to its title as a surprise hit at top 40 radio. Having been released less…

  18. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Selena Gomez & Jessica Simpson

    December 06, 2013 2:57 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Selena Gomez Selena Gomez rocked a chic ensemble at 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 show, held at American Airlines Center on Monday (Dec. 2) in Dallas, Texas. The “Come Get It…

  19. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  20. Is Britney Spears' 'Britney Jean' Really Her Most Personal Album? An Investigation

    December 04, 2013 12:30 PM EST A deep dive into the pop superstar's eight studio albums shows where her newest ranks on a "personal" level. When Britney Spears began setting up her eighth studio album, "Britney Jean," earlier this year, the word "personal" kept popping up. "I can…

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